With the Venetian Castle of Querini imposingly standing at the top, the capital of Astypalaia is one of the most elegant Choras in the Aegean. From the central square with the windmills, follow the picturesque alleyways up until the Castle and surrender in the peaceful atmosphere of the sweet “butterfly” of the Aegean.
If the famous windmills with their bright red roofs that constitute the most characteristic image of the main town's central square will not suffice, then the island of Astypalaia has numerous other beauties to acquaint you with. An enormous selection of small picturesque villages, a choice of more than 60 beaches and small bays and countless paths for nature lovers that will lead you to the significant and historic spots of this blessed land.
Astypalaia is unique. It has its very own way of making you feel as if you have lived there all your life and will automatically place you in the local mode, being part of the village and enjoying – without suspension – the freshly fried "pouggia" with kopanisti cheese and honey, as well as the traditional delicacy called "kitrinokouloura" made with local saffron.